Types of Sexual Aids & Sex Toys

Types of sexual aids and sex toys include the following:

  • Beads, balls, and exercisers (e.g., Ben Wa balls, anal beads, Kegel exercisers)
  • Blindfolds
  • Clamps (e.g., nipple clamps)
  • Collars and harnesses
  • Condom rings (e.g., to provide clitoral stimulation)
  • Costumes and masks
  • Dildos and strap-on devices
  • Feathers
  • Nipple suction devices
  • Paddles
  • Personal lubricants, massage oils and lotions, and warming gels
  • Personal massagers (e.g., vibrators)
  • Plugs (e.g., anal plugs)
  • Pumps (e.g., penile pumps)
  • Restraints (e.g., handcuffs, bondage cuffs)
  • Sex dolls
  • Sex furniture (e.g., slings, swings, cushions, pillows)
  • Sleeves (e.g., to accept a penis to simulate sexual intercourse)
  • Whips

Sex toys can be made from several different materials, including plastic, vinyl, silicone, rubber (e.g., latex), and glass. Adult toys made from non-porous materials, such as silicone and glass, often are more durable and can be cleaned and sterilized more easily than other materials. Sex toys made from rubber can be damaged by exposure to certain lubricants (e.g., oil-based products) and cleaning solutions.

Sexual aids should be labeled, "hypoallergenic" to reduce the risk for an allergic reaction. Allergy symptoms include the following:

  • Cough and congestion (stuffy nose)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Itching and redness of the skin (e.g., rash, hives), eyes, throat, or genital area
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Wheezing

Latex allergies can be severe and may cause a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis. Contact a health care provider immediately if exposure to any product results in difficulty breathing, dizziness, confusion, or increased heart rate.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at HealthCommunities.com

Published: 08 Dec 2008

Last Modified: 07 Sep 2011